If you’ve never heard of the brand Sézane, I hope I’m about to turn you onto a really fun brand. Founded by Morgane Sézalory who found an old suitcase with vintage clothes inside, started to sell these pieces and creating slight tweaks to them. She started to fill in the collection with her very own designs, and Sézane was born. Her pieces aim to be timeless well made items that can one day be vintage. You can definitely feel a sense of this when you shop the collection. It almost feels like a time capsule yet it also feels current.
Since this is a French brand, sizing can be a bit different from European sizing to US sizing system. And since these pieces ship from France, it’s important to make a really good guestimate of what size you’ll need to avoid a ton of back and forth shipping and returns. Here’s my Sézane sizing guide for when you decide to jump in on this stunning French brand.
Sezane Sizing Guide
Sézane Free Shipping And Shipping Customs Charges
I learned this the hard way because I am terrible at reading (and I truly believe their website was more recently updated to make this more visible), but you need to be cautious with your order value. When shipping items from outside of the country into the US, you will be subject to customs charges. Anything over $800 will be subject to this charge. And it can be quite a lot. My recommendation is to split your order up if you’re getting close to the $800 mark. And per an Indigoer’s suggestion, place the orders on two separate days or you may still be subject to the fees.
Sézane offers free delivery on orders over $200 to the US & Canada. This is pretty easy to do there anyway. And always free return shipping which is super fast. They will not refund customs charges, so again, make sure your order (and returns) are under $800. This is easy enough to do by simply splitting up your order. For me, this makes shopping with them super easy because free shipping and returns is just the best. And they ship FAST. Things arrive in just a couple of days.
One little random note, Sezane is hands down my favorite package to receive. Their packages are packed beautifully, smell amazing, and it just looks like someone took great care in packing your items. Trust me, you’ll know what I mean when you place your first order. And a lot of the time, they throw in a free tote, or makeup bag, something fun. It’s the little touches that make a difference.
Sizing Tips On Each Item
Just about every item on the Sézane website will include a Sizing Guide. It includes a quick note on sizing from size up if you’re in-between, or this item runs large, so size down for a standard fit. And so on. I have found this to be pretty spot-on when shopping. Below are my personal sizing tips from the popular categories on their website. And when you’re viewing the site, if you see numbers in the 30s for tops, this is the French sizing. You should be able to click the size chart to see the French to US conversion. Typically if you’re on the US site, it should be showing US sizing.
For sizing reference, I’m usually a 27 in Madewell denim. A size 4 in Madewell, LOFT and J.Crew and typically a small in most tops across the board. If things run a tad small at all, I’ll usually size up. I’m 5’5″ and have a 32DD bust.
Sézane Sizing Guide
Tops & Blouses
When it comes to a button down, I have found myself in the larger size at Sezane. But for tees and tops with some stretch, I’m pretty comfortable in my usual size. Their sizes run from 0-16 typically which are American sizes. If you see 34, 36, etc on tops, you’re viewing the French sizing. You can reference the size guide if it’s not switching over. A 34 is the equivalent of a size 2 US.
I feel like Sezane is known for its knitwear. When you go into their stores in Paris (they’re stunning by the way, just go in to browse it’s beautiful) they have an entire wall of perfectly folded sweaters. The fabrics are high quality and they are beautifully made. I find myself typically more comfortable in my regular size for sweaters. I took a size small in the above striped sweater. You’ll also notice they refer to sweaters as “jumpers”, this is a common term for sweaters in Europe.
This trench coat is a BEAUTY. It’s definitely a bit of a splurge, but for good reason. The fabric has a bit of a heavier weight to it making it the perfect trench to take you well into fall and maybe even early winter. It comes in a few colors as well. I took my usual size 4 (or Europe size 36) in this and it’s not too fitted where I couldn’t wear a thin sweater under it. I think if you’re a big layering type of person and like chunky sweaters, I’d probably suggest sizing up, especially if you’re in-between sizes.
These knee-high suede boots are one of the most beautiful pairs of shoes I have ever owned. I just adore them. The Adèle boots are a closet staple and come in a few colors. They are insanely comfortable, absolutely beautiful and worth every penny. I’ve also tried a few pairs of shoes on in the store and have found that I take my usual size. Their shoes don’t come in half sizes and so if you’re in between, size up. I am usually an 8 or 8.5 and did a 9 in the boots. I typically choose an 8.5 or 9 in boots for me so I can wear a thicker sock for the winter. A US size 9 is the equivalent of a European size 40. If you’re an 8 or 8.5, you can try a 39 which is an 8. For heels and other shoes, I would take a 39 in Sezane which is an 8.
This is a staple in the Sézane collection. The Will jacket is the perfect shacket, slight utility jacket, not even sure what to cal lit. It’s simply the perfect in-between of them all. It’s got a nice weight to it and runs true to size. Hits below the hip for a longer line which I like. It also comes in tons of colors, prints and even fabrics. For this jacket I took a size small and I can easily layer underneath it.
This is one of the softest things in my closet. I love it so much. I decided to go up a size in this to a medium for a slightly relaxed fit. It’s probably the perfect fit and not too relaxed so if you’re in-between, maybe size up. I even have a different print in a large which is a great slightly oversized sweatshirt. You can really go up two sizes if you want to and it still looks great and not too messy. For a more fitted sweatshirt (which I just don’t prefer) go with your usual size. But I think these look great going up one size.
My first dress from Sezane. This button-down shirt dress is a beauty. I went with a size US 6 which is a French size of 38. I love this paired with boots for fall. But you can also dress it down with some sneakers and a leather jacket. I have tried several of their dresses over the years and find that a size 6 works best and I’m usually a 4 or 6.
I have been eyeing the Sezane bags for YEARS. And after a trip to Paris, and seeing the leather in person, I was sold. I added two bags to my closet. The Farrow bag is their popular bucket bag. It comes in several sizes and colors. I like the regular size and have it in the blue croc. The regular smooth leather ones are really soft and beautiful. The Milo bag is another favorite and I went with the sherpa one for something more trendy. It can be worn as a crossbody or on your shoulder as the strap is adjustable. It’s a smaller size on the inside so I usually use my smaller wallet whenever I use this bag.
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